From: Joe Dante ( joe_dante@flashmail.com)
Date: 06 Mar 2003

Thought this might interest some ...

Pulp Art: Vamps, Villains, and Victors from the Robert Lesser Collection

May 15-October 19, 2003 Brooklyn Museum of Art
(Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th floor)

This exhibition presents more than 100 now rare paintings created for the covers of popular-fiction magazines in the first half of the twentieth century. Pulp Art, which will tour to venues to be announced, has been organized for the Brooklyn Museum of Art by guest curator Anne Pasternak, Executive Director of Creative Time. Many of the paintings in the exhibition, most of them from the 1930s and 1940s, will be presented alongside the printed magazine covers for which they were made. Often melodramatic, even lurid, these images were intended to catch the eye as dozens of magazines competed for attention on crowded newsstands. Called
"pulp" fiction because of the cheap paper on which they were printed, the magazines had titles such as Famous Fantastic Mysteries, The Shadow, Doc Savage, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and Terror Tales. The exhibition will examine how these works illuminate the popular culture of the interwar years and reveal the deep-seated fears and concerns of different segments of society during an era of sweeping change.

Joe D.

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